How to install an Expert Advisor

This little tutorial will show you how to install an expert advisor in Metatrader 4 & 5 if you have a compiled (.ex4 or .ex5) version.

First open your Metatrader and click in the above left corner on “File > Open Data Folder”.
Metatrader - open data folder

Then navigate to “MQL4 > Experts” respectively “MQL5 > Experts” and copy and past the file inhere. (For indicators copy the file into the Indicators folder instead)

Then restart your Metatrader. The Expert Advisor should show up in the Navigator under “Expert Advisors”.

To open the Navigator click on “View > Navigator” or with Ctrl+N.
Metatrader - Navigator

Now double-click the EA or drag and drop it to the chart and the below window appears. Allow live trading in the Common tab and set your settings in the Inputs tab and click on OK.
Metatrader - Expert Advisor common tab

The smile in the above right corner of the chart should now smile. If it doesn’t click on AutoTrading.
Metatrader - enable AutoTrading

Now you know how to install an Expert
Advisor in Metatrader 4 & 5. You now only have to wait until a trade opens.

32 thoughts on “How to install an Expert Advisor

  1. Hello, i use MT4 since many years, i buy all your experts yesterday, i have in MT4/experts, and i double click in Navigator, or attach to graphic and it doesnt work. Is posible i need the fle MQ4?, when i have EX4, never works, How i solve it?

    1. Please double check if you placed the EAs into the mql4/experts folder. Otherwise contact the support and provide as much information as possible, included screenshots.

  2. Hello,

    I downloaded the EA, however when I download the file to my computer and go ahead and open it, it shows me a very weird code which doesn’t work when I try to compile it. Even when I follow the manual, the document is not there.
    Whilst, other mt4 codes do show up.

    Greetings, I hope you can help!

    1. You do not have to open the file or compile it. Just copy and past it in the right folder.

  3. I installed the EA in correct folder and just changed the TP from 50 Pips to 10Pips. Apart from that, i have not changed any settings. No trades have been opened yet. Please help me..

    1. It could be because of the spread filter. If you EA has a spread filter (max spread), increase it and try it again. I recommend you to test it on the M1 timeframe because it generates the most signals.

  4. Hi Yannick,

    I downloaded the free version of HA smoothed today and installed the same in my demo MT4 a/c.
    I’m able to view the EA in the Navigator tab. But, I’m unable to drag or double click it on to a chart. What could be the problem?

    1. One of the files (Heiken Ashi Smoothed.ex4) in an indicator. You have to install it in the MQL4/indicators folder.

  5. Hi. I cannot install the EAs. I copied them into the MT4 Experts folder and reopened MT4 but they are not there.

    1. The “MA Cross EA” does not draw any indicators to the chart. You have to put them on your own to the chart.

  6. I am very intersted by your PAR EA but i can not load it . How can i do to get the free version take you

    1. Can’t you download the EA from my website or do you have problems with installing the EA?

  7. Also, I purchased the ichimoku EA and I’d like some modifications to be done for better performance according to my strategy. Will that be possible?

  8. Hello,
    I purchased the super trend just now. I’ve tried installing it but it’s not reflcting on my platform. What should I do?

    1. You have to put the SuperTrend indicator in the Indicators folder and not in the Experts folder.

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